Honor student charged in school threat

March 3, 2008 6:21:24 PM PST
Suffolk County police on Monday arrested a high school student for making threats of an impending mass shooting at Newfield High School in Selden. Police say 17-year-old Brian Schropfer, of 2 Nevada Street in Selden, was arrested after he contacted fellow students via telephone and the internet on February 22 to start a rumor of a shooting to occur on Monday, February 25.

Concerned students and parents notified school officials, who suspended Schropfer on February 25. Later that day, school officials contacted police via Suffolk County Police School Resource Officer Paul Paglia.

Investigators determined early in the investigation that the threat was not credible. Schropfer was spreading this rumor in hopes that concerned parents would keep their children home. This would effectively give him a day off from school.

Schropfer, an honor student at Newfield High School, was arrested and charged with third-degree falsely reporting an inciden, a misdemeanor. He was later released on bail and is scheduled to appear at First District Court on April 28, 2008.